A letter to a congressman expressing that the gulf of tonkin resolution was unconstitutional

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Dear congressman,

Today on August 7th 1964 my fellow colleagues in Congress have made a terrible decision to vote yes for the Gulf of Tonkin resolution. The Gulf of Tonkin resolution is a resolution that states the Congress approves and supports the determination of the President, as Commander in Chief, to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that was passed, goes against our country's system of checks and balances, is completely unnecessary and it undermines the constitution.

Our country's government was founded under the idea that one man would never have supreme dictator-like power. There would be a system of checks and balances to make sure that decisions were made fairly and for the good of the country. What would happen if the president made a clearly unreasonable decision? There would be no way to stop it.

This resolution is giving one man more power than he deserves, people make mistakes and bad decisions that's why decisions must be passed by congress so one man can't just make an irrational decision. "If this resolution merely affirmed its approval of the President's declared policy and the action to respond to attacks on our fleets when in international waters; as he has responded that would be one thing, I would gladly approve such a resolution, as I approve of his action. But this resolution now before us goes far beyond that. It not only endorses all our government has done to date in south east Asia, but also gives the president a blank check, not merely to do whatever he likes in south Vietnam, but to quote the text of the resolution"

"To take all necessary steps, including the use of armed...